An ambitious education programme that hopes to put every child in Senegal into school by the end of the decade has been criticised by teachers. They fear that it will allow the government to abdicate its responsibilities and privatise education.

Environmental groups have welcomed the EU’s failure to secure a fisheries agreement with Senegal. WWF calls this a ‘positive sign’ that developing countries are becoming more prudent in weighing short-term economic gains against protecting their natural resources. WWF argue that while the EU aims to alleviate poverty in the
developing world its own heavily subsidised fleets have pushed small-scale local fisher folk to the side and damaged fragile ecosystems.

Senegalese witnessed in August the launch of an original concept in Internet and multimedia popularization, the Joko Clubs. The project is the brainchild of famous singer and composer Youssou N'Dour who surrounded himself with a very capable team to pull this technological and social experiment feat.

A newly published CD Rom “Youth Actions for Sustainable Local Development in Senegal: From Global to Local Agendas” is the result of a research initiative undertaken within the framework of the International Year of Volunteers 2001 and aiming to gather information on all aspects related to youth volunteering and participation in Senegal. “Capitalizing 10 years in volunteering actions, I wish to share with all of you this important tool for research, training, learning experiences conducted more